Greek FM meets with UN chief

Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis met here on Sunday with UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon, on the sidelines of the 66th UN General Assembly.
"Greece will not militarise talks before the Turkish provocations in the Aegean, and responds with arguments," Lambrinidis said after the meeting.
Escalation of tension by Ankara, the Cyprus issue, the fYRoM "name issue" and the situation in the Mideast as well as economic developments in Greece and Europe were among the issues discussed in the meeting with the UN chief.
Referring to the Turkish provocations, Lambrinidis said Greece took immediate actions and has already consolidated its sovereign rights internationally.
"Everyone is aware, all governments and companies involved, on where they can or cannot conduct surveys. What I have pointed out many times is that it is a huge mistake to militarise the discussion ... because Turkey wants to, because it does not have arguments. And for this reason it provokes tension. We have arguments, and we are safeguarding our country's interests and will continue to do so," he emphasised.
Regarding the fYROM "name issue", the Greek FM said that he presented to the UN chief Greece's position, while also noting that Athens has expressed its readiness in the procedure for a name with geographic determinant.

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